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SAT Essay - Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone?

June 2013.

Prompt 1

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

Our cherished notions of what is equal and what is fair frequently conflict. Democracy presumes that we are all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every contest would end in a tie. We talk about a level playing field, but it is difficult to make conditions equal for everyone without being unfair to some.

Adapted from Nancy Gibbs, "Cool Running"

Assignment: Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.


2013-6-4 10:01:00

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Re:SAT Essay - Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone?

Ever been in a “verbal smack-down” with a peer and loose because you don’t have the wittiest comeback? But then, maybe an hour later, the perfect comeback comes to you? How frustrated were you? You can work your hardest on a project, stay up ‘til two in the morning, and still only get a B-. You can study for a test, get a good night’s sleep, and still completely blank on the answers and/or second-guess yourself, therefore failing. If anyone ever told you life and society were fair, they lied. They are not. And they can not.

And that’s just from the life of a student. There are way more instances in life. Even celebrities, the “perfect” people we look up to have failed at some point. They went to their audition and totally bombed it. Eventually, they did get their big break, but now the paparazzi are all up in their business. But that’s life, right? They chose to go into the profession that they love – silly them.

Still think life is fair? Hmmm, that’s funny. Nothing bad has ever happened to you that made you think, “Hey, that’s not fair!”? Well, then I’d love to meet you in your perfectly fair life, because this is a first I’ve ever heard of. Do you have your dream job? That you got as soon as you graduated from college – the college that was, of course, your top choice?

I’m not saying that life is all bad. Life’s got its good points, too…its highs…and lows. But I mean really, why is everyone stressing out about being “number one” all the time? It’s kind of a waste of time. If you have the natural ability, then by all means go for it. But if you come home late every night stressed out, that’s not good. Did you know that “stressed” backwards is “desserts”? So have some and relax! You can be relaxed and still live life to the fullest…Live each day like it’s your last, because life’s short. But there really is no reason to take life too seriously – I mean, nobody gets out alive anyway.

Oh, and how could I forget to mention all the wars in the world? All the killing and suffering…What did innocent civilians do to deserve being killed or put into concentration camps in World War II? Are you completely blind to the world around you – and its history? Have you heard of North Korea? Well they definitely haven’t heard about you because their leader cuts them off from the outside world. How can you say life’s fair for everyone after that?


2013-6-4 10:15:10

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

Re:SAT Essay - Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone?

Many times people think or say that life is unfair with them. But then again do we ever take the time to think deeply in light of longer human history, bigger context that not just include one or two, you and I, but people aggregated as a whole who more and more together live and share and create our common lives. In fact, life is fair with everybody no matter whom you are, it is. It just depends on how you live it and how you treat it. Do I ever ask myself the way I want life to treat me?. I don’t and life goes as it goes because of my decisions and the bad and good things I do.

During my entire life I never took time to think about many different things that surround my life. Like for example my life being fair or not. One day I was having some problems and everything was going wrong. I started to get in trouble and started getting bad grades and not wanting to do anything. I remember that every day I told myself “Life is so unfair with me”.

Until one day my mom found about it and told me, “Life is fair with everyone it just depends on you”. I started getting down and thinking about all those things. Then, I found out that what my mom had said was true. Life is fair with everyone.

Our lives have many difficulties. Some of them are made because we want everything brought to us and it’s not like that. We have to get our things and make sure you get them because of your sacrifices you made. Who said life was easy?. No one and that’s one of the reasons that life is fair. Because it makes you sacrifices things for your own good. And from all of that, you learn every day and make your life fair, and easy to get it to go alone.

Sometimes life puts obstacles in my path way, like for example growing up without a father that was hard but thanks to my mom support am here. From the obstacle I could learn and be able to survive when many different things are thrown to me. And I sometimes take it as saying life is unfair with me all the time. It’s just me the one that makes my life a bit complicated; I guess I could say it like that. It’s me the one that makes life go as it does.

All this brings me back to, life is fair. These I believe because sometimes I say that life isn’t fair with me. But when that happens I go down in to detail, and take a moment to think about it. After all the thinking I realize that life is fair with everybody. It’s just that all we want when we have a problem is the easy way out. We don’t want to work for what we want or sacrifice things for life.

This I believe, life is fair with everyone. We should learn to appreciate life. Like we should give thanks for all the little things we have. Because many people don’t have or don’t appreciate all the little things and their lives turn to another path way. This is why we should do that no matter how small those little things are. Those little things are all worth it.


2013-6-4 10:13:16

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

Re:SAT Essay - Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone?

The simple fact is: life isn’t and cannot, and probably should not be fair to everyone. Life isn’t fair because everyone did not grow up in the same household with the same privileges or with the same parents that are all constituted by different genes. Everyone lives a different life, some harder than others. Some people have easy lives, but they are the lucky ones. If everyone was the same, our world would be boring, things that are new would never develope or at least not developed as this fast, and we would not be who we are today. If we all thought the same way we would not get new ideas. No one would dare to be different. No one would break barriers, or cross over invisible lines. There is nothing wrong with being different. The problem is, our society doesn’t understand that.

I learned that life wasn’t fair in the third grade. In my classroom we were learning about black history. We read books, and watched movies, all about how mistreated black people were. It outraged me how they were beaten, yelled at, and spit on, sold for whatever tag they could fetch disregarding their personal will or actual situations, just because their skin color was a little bit different. I realized that my life wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was. People in history had it much worse than I did. I realized that some people were still discriminated against. Black people, fat people and people who were strange. No matter how they are different, they are still different from the majority of kids in my community. People think that that gives them the right to bully or make fun of the kids that are different. I disagree with them and I know that that isn’t right. I was nice to all of the kids who were outcasts. I thought that if I was in their position, I would want at least one friend. It made me feel a lot better knowing that I made one person feel better. I know that it didn’t make a huge difference in the world but it made a small difference in the community. I know the kids were happier, and I know it felt good to have me standing up for them.

As I get older, my life gets harder and the challenges get tougher. At the same time I am growing stronger and my solutions are growing stronger. I now understand that everyone is treated differently, for different reasons. People are discriminated against for being different, or trying to make a change. Everyone does not have a home to live in, or food to eat. All of those things are true because life isn’t fair. Everything will not always turn out right because life isn’t fair. Sometimes you will try as hard as possible to live your dream, and it will not come true. My dream is to help make the world as fair a place as possible, and I am going to try as hard as I can.


2013-6-4 10:10:03

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

Re:SAT Essay - Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone?

My dad have lots of little sayings he’s borrowed from random places – something about ifs and buts and candy and nuts, something about frogs and glass bottoms, and something about a glass house and a stone. All of them are a little strange, but they all seem logically sound. One of his favorite – and in my opinion, most accurate – sayings is “life isn’t fair.” And in fact, life, or society and the whole human construct, can not be fair to everyone.  

That lesson starts almost from day one. Whenever I was little and I asked for something ridiculous, I would be denied, and I would offer an excuse such as “so and so has it!” Without even giving it a thought, my parents often countered with “Life isn’t fair.” Back in those days, I don’t think I even comprehended the saying. What a strange concept, life not being fair. Why would life not be fair?

Now it would be strange if life were fair. Who would be the poor people that society so needs? Would everyone have equal influence? Would everyone have food to eat and water to drink? Would we all share work? Either our possession of free will or our human nature would have to change to allow this.

As for me, on a large scale, my life hasn’t been fair. When people declare something unfair, it’s usually in a negative light, but my life isn’t fair in my advantage. I grew (and am growing) up in a nice house with anything I could need, and most reasonable things I could want. I never went hungry, there’s no worry that I won’t be able to go to college, and I can’t imagine ever being in any kind of major jam. On the other hand, I’ve known a few people who have wondered how they’ll get the next meal and more than a few who wonder if and how they will go to college.

On a small scale, I doubt there is anyone in the world who has everything exactly how he wants it (and even then, chances are, it wouldn’t be fair to others).

As for me, things happen every day that “just aren’t fair.” I might have to cover someone’s mistake or find myself doing something I don’t want to do. I might get cheated out of an opportunity others are offered, or I may just want to call something unfair as an excuse for my own lack of effort or ability.

When I as little, when I wanted a toy my parents knew I would lose interest in shortly or something ridiculous like a four wheeler (for some reason from the age of about 8 to 12 I really wanted a four wheeler), I liked to retort to my parents’ declaration of the unfairness of life that it should be fair. Now, I think those who think life is unfair should view it as a temporary withholding, something surmountable. Then again, I guess it’s not fair to say that since I’ve never been on that end of the stick. For all I know, the good end could be temporary too.


2013-6-4 10:05:21

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

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